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wild rose

any native species of rose, usually having a single flower with the corolla consisting of one circle of five roundish, spreading petals.
Origin of wild rose
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Something was wanted from the drug store, not two blocks away, and the wild rose went in quest of it.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • I never will lend wild rose to anybody for that very reason!'

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • There was color in her cheeks, a fragile touch of that warm glow in the heart of the wild rose of the tundras.

    The Alaskan James Oliver Curwood
  • The wild rose is one of the most beautiful flowers on the prairie.

  • The wild rose lodged its colors in her cheeks, after playing with the April winds, and the spirit of the new life overwhelmed her.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • She has not much color, but her little face is fresh as a wild rose.

    The Devil's Pool George Sand
  • "My little Irish wild rose, all sweetness and thorns," he murmured.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • They could be simple, as the wild rose and the primrose are simple.

  • The pale to deep pink flowers of the wild rose come into bloom in early summer.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
British Dictionary definitions for wild rose

wild rose

any of numerous roses, such as the dogrose and sweetbrier, that grow wild and have flowers with only one whorl of petals
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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